Love Is The Strongest Medicine: Notes from a Cancer Doctor on Connection, Creativity, and Compassion

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You’re Still Showing Up

You’re Still Showing Up

Hey there.

How are you doing?

Before you answer, pause.

Before you resist, pause again.

Please stick with me for a moment.

I’ve been an oncologist long enough to know that fear, confusion, and hopelessness can take over very quickly.

Like a few seconds after bad news.

Hang with me.

How are you doing is correlated with what you are doing.

Tiny actions lead to a tiny bit better.

You can feel the resistance and the fear yet act anyway.

You just did.

You're reading this, aren't you?

You took a tiny action.

No matter what.

You haven't shut down.

You've shown up.

Over and over again.

For your family.

For your friends.

For the planet.

Thank you for showing up so many times.

Don't stop.


How are you doing?